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Monday, June 29, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: R is for Rocket: An ABC Book by Tad Hills

Morning everyone!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, school is back in session as we throw a pre-publication celebration for the latest Picture Book release slated for author Tad Hills.  Perhaps you've heard of him?  If not, I KNOW you've heard of the wonderful little dog that stars in his children's series.  His name rhymes with POCKET...

Ladies and gents, boys and girls of all ages.  Please join me front and center as we welcome today's book of choice to the spotlight....

R is for Rocket:
An ABC Book
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade

About the book...
From finding acorns, to balancing on a ball, to offering a cookie and a crayon to a crow, readers will love exploring the wonderful world of Rocket and his friends. The whole cast is featured, among them the little yellow bird, the owl, Bella the squirrel, and more. Even Goose from the beloved and bestselling Duck & Goose books makes a cameo appearance! With charming and delightful scenes for every letter, here’s an ode to the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet.

Take off the dust jacket to find a fun alphabet poster printed on the inside!


That's right!
Rocket, that lovable, spunky, adorable little fur baby is back and this time, he's teaching the kiddos their ABC's.  A fitting way to lead into his reading adventure, wouldn't you say?  With full color illustrations throughout chock full of eye catching imagery and lettered words even the littlest tykes can identify, you'll have a delightful time bouncing through the alphabet from A to Z. 


About the author...

Tad’s interest in art drew him to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he studied painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, creative writing, and poetry, but his greatest education came with the arrival of his children. “Spending time with my kids helps me remember what it’s like to be a child. I try to capture that innocence and enthusiastic vision of the world in my books. I want kids to see themselves in my characters.

“I find the process of creating a book similar to making sculpture. It is a constant adding and taking-away. The words and pictures are like pieces of clay. Some ideas come from experience and observation and some seem to come from thin air. Sometimes an idea builds out of an overheard conversation, or sometimes an idea comes to me when I’m cooking dinner. The real trick is to take all those ideas, like chunks of soft clay, and build something. Throughout the process the sculpture may hold itself upright, or more likely it might sag in places, or even collapse completely. The tough part is getting all that clay to stand up and not sag or collapse. Standing, of course, isn’t all there is: you have to make sure that it is fun and interesting from all angles, because kids will be walking around it, squinting at it, sniffing it, touching it–inspecting it from all sides.

“As an author and illustrator of children’s books, my greatest satisfaction comes from visiting schools. The kids’ excitement and enthusiasm for books is very real. I especially enjoy the responses I get from children when I ask if they have any questions or comments. ‘Where do you get your ideas? What’s the difference between a book and a story? My birthday is June 12th. How do you make the cover shiny? My Dad has socks like yours. Do you have an agent? Do you write the story first or draw the pictures? How do you make a book?’ But what I love most is when a lower school kid smiles and says proudly, ‘I’m writing a book.’”



Special thanks to Jillian at Random House for the chance to bring this book to the spotlight for all of you. (THANKS!)  For more information on the title, author, publisher, or to pre-order your copy, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release JULY 7th, 2015, so make a place for it on your wish list for it today.

Until next time...happy reading!

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